Thurs. political law links, 11-14-13

DUCK DYNASTY IN THE RING.  Roll Call.  “A Louisiana businessman hopes support from the popular “Duck Dynasty” reality show family will be enough to propel him to victory over the heir apparent in Saturday’s special election in Louisiana’s 5th District.”

GAVEL SHUFFLE.  Here.  “The House Appropriations Committee executed a rare midterm leadership shuffle Wednesday.”

PAKISTAN AND K ST.  The Hill.  “K Street, take note: Pakistan is back on the market.”

BITCOIN UPDATE.  CoinDesk.  “The US Federal Elections Commission (FEC) is proposing a measure that would allow election campaigns to accept bitcoin donations, but they would not be treated the same as cash currently is.”

FAILURE TO DISCLOSE. WFB. “A state affiliate of a network of liberal groups that does not disclose its donors attacked a network of state-based conservative groups on Wednesday for an alleged lack of transparency.”

PRIORITIES PICK-UPS. Politico. “President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager Jim Messina and Bill Clinton’s ex-chief-of-staff John Podesta have been in serious discussions to join the new incarnation of Priorities USA, the one-time pro-Obama super PAC that’s set to morph into the designated high-dollar group backing Hillary Clinton, multiple sources confirmed to POLITICO.”

FEC AGENDA.  The agenda for tomorrow’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

CO:  LIFT LIMITS.  C&E.  “Colorado should lift its contribution limits to state candidates and political parties and provide a limited state income tax credit for those donations, according to a new report from the University of Denver.”

NY:  OFF THE RAILS.  Here.  “The Moreland Commission’s mandate ostensibly is to investigate weaknesses in state election and campaign finance laws relating to lobbying, public corruption, conflicts of interest, and government ethics. But from its inception last summer, the commission had an air of unreality.”

VT:  PAC TO PAY.  Here.  “The Vermont attorney general says a Democratic advocacy group will pay $30,000 for violating Vermont’s campaign finance laws.”


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